Don’t get caught out by the law; have your dog microchipped.
Microchipping is recognised as the most effective and secure way of permanently identifying a pet. A unique identification number is registered to the animal and the owner’s details are placed on a Government approved database, so why not be proactive and ensure your dog is chipped in plenty of time?
Since the 1st of April, 2016 it is a legal requirement to have all dogs in Ireland microchipped. To be fully compliant with the legislation you must take the following 3 steps:
- Have your dog microchipped.
- Have your details registered on a Government approved database (the microchip implanter is responsible for this).
- Be in possession of a Microchipping Certificate.
At present there are only four Government approved microchipping database providers in Ireland:
- Irish Kennel Club
- Microdog ID Ltd (Irish Coursing Club)
Your dog’s Microchipping Certificate can only be received via the post and is not to be confused with other paperwork containing a sticker with your dog’s microchipping number on it.
Sadly, the reality is that of the many thousands of dogs that go missing each year, it is estimated that less than half of them are reunited with their owners. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Get your dog microchipped!
Don’t forget if you move house or change your telephone number to ensure you update your details with your dog’s microchip database provider because he will be lost without you doing this!
This responsible approach to caring for your pet not only provides animal services with your contact information, it is also invaluable when pets go missing.
A microchip is the same size as a grain of rice. It is inserted relatively painlessly into the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades using a specialist needle. Once the chip is in place its biocompatible glass covering will prevent it from being rejected from the animal’s body. The pet’s body tissue will then grow around the chip to stop it from moving.